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Laurel B. Witt, MD, MPhil

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Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Family Medicine and Community Health

Professional Background

Dr. Laurel B. Witt is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She provides hospital medicine and outpatient family medicine at the University of Kansas Health System. Her professional medical interests include general family medicine care, including procedures, interprofessional team-based care, and addiction medicine.

Dr. Witt currently serves as Director of the Undergraduate Medical Education Division in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, which includes the required third-year Family Medicine Clerkship at the School of Medicine. She is the Assistant Director of the Cates' Learning Community at the School and the Faculty Co-Advisor for the Jaydoc Free Clinic, the student-run free clinic affiliated with the School. She enjoys teaching medicine with all levels of medical learners and family medicine residents in both didactic activities and clinical environments. Her area of focus is addiction medicine.

Dr. Witt earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her Internship and Residency in Family Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University, where she served as clinic Chief Resident. She practiced full-scope rural family medicine in Enterprise, Oregon, prior to moving home to Kansas City to join the faculty at KU.

Education and Training
  • BA, English literature, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • MPHIL, Anglo-Irish literature, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • MD, Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
  • Internship, Family medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portand, Oregon
  • Residency, Family medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portlank, Oregon
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Board Certification, American Board of Family Medicine
  • Physician and Surgeon, State of Kansas
  • Physician and Surgeon, State of Missouri
Professional Affiliations
  • Academy of Medical Educators, Member, 2020 - Present
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Member, 2020 - Present
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Member, 2018 - Present
  • Women in Medicine and Science, University of Kansas Medical Center, Member, 2018 - Present
  • Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, Member, 2017 - Present
  • American Academy of Family Physicians, Member, 2014 - Present
  • American Medical Association, Member, 2014 - Present

Research

Overview

Dr. Witt's research interests include medical education research, including the study of curricular gaps, as well as addiction care, interprofessional care, and student-run free clinics. She is a proud member of the Academy of Medical Educators. Dr. Witt enjoys collaborating with students and interprofessional colleagues in scholarly and research activity.

Publications
  • Witt, Laurel., B, Olsen, Olsen., Delane, Ablah, Elizabeth . 2013. Motivating factors for small and midsized businesses to implement worksite health promotion. Health Promotion Practice, 14 (6), 876-84
  • Witt, Laurel., B, Corriveau, Erin, Bonaminio, Giulia. 2019. The Family Medicine Opioid Stewardship and Recovery Curriculum at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. 2020 AAMC Curricular Innovation Awards. https://www.aamc.org/what-we-do/aamc-awards/curricular-innovation-awards
  • Witt, Laurel., B, Butler, Faith., M. 2019. Opioid Use Disorder. FP Essentials, 478, 19-24. https://pubmed-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.proxy.kumc.edu/30844221/
  • Witt, Laurel., B, Nilsen, Kari ., M, Kohman, Megan, Petz, Austin, Moser, Scott, Walling, Anne. 2021. Unintended Consequences? Assessing the Impact of Unintended Consequences? Assessing the Impact of Curricular Change on Medical Student Participation in a Student-Run Free Clinic. Medical Science Educator